Caltagirone

A city in colour

In Caltagirone, traditional pottery production is linked to a thousand-year-old history dating back to ancient times.
According to the Italian archaeologist Paolo Orsi the production of maiolica preceded the arrival of the Arabs, but we know for sure that their arrival in the 9th century increased production, thanks to the introduction of a new technique – glazing – which made the pottery waterproof and more resistant.
A few centuries later, during the Spanish rule of Alfonso of Aragon, pottery trade had greatly developed and allowed artisans to sell their ceramics all over the island.
Unfortunately, the earthquake of 1693 interrupted the potters’ activity and destroyed many of the floors made with the maiolica of Caltagirone.
Today some of the fragments are preserved in the Museum of Ceramics.
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After the earthquake, decorative motifs were replaced in order to make trade flourish again. In the 19th century, however, with the introduction of cement, the production of maiolica stopped.
The potters’ centuries-old activity ended when the last master potters disappeared in the 1930s.
In 1918 Don Luigi Sturzo founded the Istituto d’Arte della Ceramica (Institute of Ceramic Art) and saved a tradition that seemed destined to be lost. In 1965 the Museum of Ceramics was inaugurated, a safe place that preserved and protected a priceless cultural heritage.
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A feast only for Scicli

Militello, the story of an enlightened fiefdom

Between white and black

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Annunciation

A new site for a new church

The wall comes to life

San Benedetto: a treasure reopened to the public

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Sebastiano

One city, two sites

A new palace for the La Rocca lords

The senses tell the story of the church of Santa Maria del Carmelo

A Nobel Prize in Modica

One city, three sites

The character of Badia Sant’Agata

Fontana della Ninfa Zizza, public water in the town

The Infiorata, a feast of colours and flowers

A square as the heart of the city

Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata, who is the architect?

The senses tell about Palazzo Napolino Tommasi Rosso

The Maiolica of the staircase

Norman apses

The Feast of San Giacomo (St. James)

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and San NicoIò l’Arena

The Benedictine Monastery, one of the largest in Europe

Some prestigious works

A half-Baroque church

The Supernatural dimension of the chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento

The senses tell the Mother Church of San Nicolò and of the Santissimo Salvatore

The church of Carmine

From St. Thomas to St. Joseph

A city in colour

The senses tell the story of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte

From the contrast of the exterior to the internal jubilation of colours

Freedom of worship and the role of the Catholic Church in the diffusion of Baroque

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

A majestic and luminous church

The role of the religious orders in rebuilding the Val di Noto

A new site for a new city

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

A miniature city

The façade used as a puppet theatre

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giuseppe

Feasting in Palazzolo

The cathedral of Sant’Agata: a lengthy reconstruction

A small room with a golden entrance

The interior and its masterpieces

Two illustrious patron saints

Modica, a city with ancient origins

A long reconstruction

The Staircase of Angels

Searching for colour

San Nicolò l’Arena: an unfinished church

A talking palace

Limestone, the colour of harmony

Baroque and the loss of equilibrium in the 16th century

Places of knowledge: the Benedictines’ library

The two churches

A new entrance for Santa Chiara (St. Claire)

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell about Palazzo La Rocca

The chocolate of Modica

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Chiara

Wonderful quick decorations

The disastrous earthquake

Many owners, one palace

The kitchen, a treasure chest of colours

The Baroque town by the sea

A design by Vincenzo Sinatra

Discovering the mother church

The senses tell the story of the Badia di Sant’Agata

Church of San Giuliano (St. Julian) on Via dei Crociferi: reconstruction

From International Gothic to present day

Some masterpieces

A museum to save a tradition

Connections with other UNESCO sites

The internal colours

The colours of the cathedral

The Barresi-Branciforte lords

A triumph of colour

St. Agatha and the giant candelabras

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

St. Sebastian, so much work!

Corbels: a celebration of the Nicolaci family

Feast days

A hall for the feasts

A colourful floor

A symbol for the town

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giuliano ai Crociferi

The senses tell the story of the church of San Giovanni Battista

Prominent façade

The Burgos crucifix

A prominent church

Rosario Gagliardi, the maestro of the Val di Noto

The city of museums

The senses tell about Palazzo Nicolaci

The theatre of taste

New roads for Catania

An eagle-shaped city